About two years ago, I attempted to start up a blog called 1001 Things to Do on a Rainy Day. Unfortunately I ran out of good ideas fairly quickly and couldn’t keep up with writing two blogs. Suburban Tourist won out in the end.
One of the posts was about writing a love letter – something that I think can easily live on, on this blog. This is just one thing that you can do on a rainy day. So get started!
Thing To Do On A Rainy Day: Write a Love Letter
It’s a forgotten art – the love letter. We send love emails, texts, Facebook posts and tweets. However a beautifully handwritten love letter can be saved, re-read at a later time – lost and many years later found by somebody else. Digital declarations of love are not so easy to find if lost on a hard drive or in the ether that is the Internet.
We are lucky that so many famous people in the past expressed their love and passion via the written word, and that the letters managed to survive to a time when somebody could record them in mass print. We wouldn’t be graced with words such as these:
Gustave Flaubert, French writer to his wife Louise Colet:
“I will cover you with love when next I see you, with caresses, with ecstasy.”
Napoleon Bonaparte to his wife Josephine:
“I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart!”
Or who can forget the words of William Thatcher to Joscelyn in A Knights Tale?:
“I have seen the new moon, but not you. I have seen sunsets and sunrises, but nothing of your beautiful face. The pieces of my broken heart are so small that they can be passed through the eye of a needle. I miss you like the sun misses the flower; like the sun misses the flower in the depths of winter.”
Romantically eloquent it isn’t, but it is still a declaration of love that is presented in written form, delivered to Joscelyn who happily ignores it’s overblown verbiage and phrasing. So the lesson learned – even if you aren’t the world’s best love letter writer, your intentions are truly what matter.
Writing the perfect love letter takes some effort
My recommendation for a rainy day is to put on some mood music (I prefer downtempo beats over the mushy lovey-dovey jazz or pop songs), prepare a few sheets of rough scrap paper, and elegant stock (for the final version); a pencil with a good eraser for the draft version and a fine pen for the final; and a non-alcoholic beverage. Writing the perfect love letter can take several draft versions so you need to keep hydrated. Avoid any booze as it can lead you to write things you may regret later.
Take the love letter one step further – use the old National Geographic or other magazines and decorate the letter with a collage. Just avoid using images of mummies, close-ups of insects, or other unattractive wildlife like the proboscis monkey.
If you are single… you can still write a love letter!
What if you don’t have a significant other. Easy – tell yourself how much you love YOU. We so rarely do that these days with all the “I could lose a few pounds”, “I don’t like how my nose looks like”, and the “I wish I had bigger/smaller boobs”.
At the end, read the love letter to yourself and put it away in a safe place where you keep mementos. I may be a beautiful surprise for you when you find it many years later in life.
Whether for your significant other, or for yourself, writing a love letter is a gift that involves time and deep thought. What better way to spend a dreary, cloudy day than thinking warm thoughts?
Have you ever written a love letter? Did you have the outcome you expected when you gave it to your loved one? What are your tips for writing a love letter?